Ever since I was a child I’ve had this desire to get rid of things. I would constantly go through my belongings and throw away or give away the things I no longer had a use for or wanted. I guess you could say I was a minimalist long before it was cool and trendy.
And through the years as I’ve gotten older, the desire to live with less has remained but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my home. It’s just so much more difficult, now that I have a family and many other responsibilities. Slowly over time, my home has become more and more cluttered. I’m sure many of you can relate.
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But not too long ago, I realized I needed to do something about all the clutter that had accumulated through the years. The clutter was really beginning to have a negative impact on me. So over the past few months I’ve been on the road back to minimalism because it truly makes me a happier person. And all the time and energy I’ve spent decluttering and organizing my home has been 100% worth it. Even if you don’t consider yourself a minimalist, I promise you, decluttering your home will improve your quality of life in many different ways. Keep reading to find out how.
Benefits of A Clutter Free Home
1 | More Money
Decluttering will help your bank account in a few different ways. First off, you won’t waste your money purchasing things you already own but just can’t find. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased something only to discover later I already owned that item. It was just tucked away somewhere in a drawer and I had forgotten all about it. After decluttering my home everything is much better organized. Everything has a home and I’m more mindful of my belongings and where everything is located.
Second, you won’t purchase as many things as you did before. At least you shouldn’t if you want your home to stay clutter free. I’m not saying you’ll never spend money on an item that may potentially become clutter in the future. But I do believe you will be less likely to make impulse purchases. Once you experience the benefits of a clutter free home you start to realize the effects your purchases have, not just on your checkbook but also on your home and your overall well being.
And finally, you will have more money by selling all your old junk. Have a yard sale. Sell your things on Craigslist or eBay. There’s nothing better than clearing out your space and also being able to make some extra cash.
2 | Less Cleaning
More stuff means more to clean and pick up. It’s common sense. The less stuff you own the less stuff you have to put away and clean. It’s just that simple!
3 | Save Time
Not only will you save time because you won’t have to spend as much time cleaning as you used too, you’ll also not spend as much time looking for misplaced items. When you declutter, your home naturally becomes cleaner and more organized. When you need something you’ll know exactly where to find it. And let’s not forget about laundry. If you take the time to declutter your closets, you’ll have less clothes, which means less washing, folding, and putting away, which means more time for the things you actually enjoy doing.
4 | Less Stress
This goes hand in hand with less cleaning and saving time. When our homes are cluttered we have to spend so much more time picking up, doing laundry and looking for misplaced items. This just adds to our already massively long to do list. So to put it simply, less cleaning equals less stress, less laundry equals less stress, more time equals less stress, deluttering equals less stress!
5 | A Clearer Mind
I don’t know about you but when my home is cluttered my mind is cluttered. It hinders my ability to focus and concentrate. I think this is probably connected to the added stress clutter creates in our bodies and minds. When our homes are clutter free, they are cleaner and more organized. Which then clears our minds of all the worry and stress that comes along with caring for our homes. We can then focus our mind and energy on more important things.
I really hope these reasons inspire, motivate and excite you to take the first steps to decluttering your home. I know it’s not fun and the process itself can be hard and stressful but the benefits far out weigh the amount of time and effort you will have to devote to decluttering. So don’t wait. Start today. The longer you put it off, the more cluttered your home will become and the harder it will be.
If you’re ready to begin your clutter free journey, some books I recommend you read are Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space by Kathi Lipp and Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen and Peter Walsh. And I’m currently working on a step by step decluttering plan for ya’ll. So stay tuned for that!
Once you’ve done all the hard work and gotten rid of all the clutter, read this post for tips on how to keep it clean and clutter free!